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Pins and Needles in Feet

33yr old female/healthy/non-smoker/Possible TIA 3 1/2 yrs ago, had full work-up, MRI,bloodwork, U/S, TEE, all normal except positive ANA. Have had tingling in feet on/off, numbness in hands.  Had NCV which was normal.  Having new symptoms, anytime feet submerged in warm water (bath)  get sharp pins and needles feeling.  Feeling goes away after feet are out of hot/warm water for a couple minutes. Is this anything to be concerned with?  Thanks for any help.
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I cannot give a clinical diagnosis over the internet, so my advice is for educational purposes only

Hot water can slow signals travelling down nerves in people whose nerves are affected by demyelination or other damage such as in multiple sclerosis, stroke, etc. This can result in, for example, increased weakness in an already weak limb etc. Sensory symptoms are harder to interpret and it may be nothing more than you are sensitive to temperature. Alternatively some neuropathies of the small fibers can make distal (feet) nerves moer sensitive to pain. Some causes for these kinds of neuropathies include diabetes mellitus and thyroid disorders among others. Blood test can help make a diagnosis.

While a cause or diagnosis does not jumb out at this point,
The 'TIA' from the past while may have been consistent with a demyelinating event, this does not mean that you have MS, but keep your eye on your symptoms and report any new ones to your doctor. Your local neurologist should be able to tell from the history of the TIA whether it could have been a demeylinating event (characteristics include gradual onset, and resolution over 2-4 weeks, a TIA is typically over within 24 hours).

Good luck
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My 11 yr old was just diagnosed today, with 'complicated migraines'  She said the same thing, that her feet felt like pins and needles, and they were burning.  She has really bad headaches pretty often too.  She just had aN MRI of the spinal cord, and brain.  Both were normal, so he diagnosed her with complicated migraines.  I would like to know more about this too.
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she also said when the burning and tingling stops, her feet feel really cold???  I'm kinda worried.
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My wife had spinal fusion two weeks ago and is recovering nicely -- I think.

I am curious if there are things she should not be doing.

At this point she sits in a chair all day, walks a bit, doesn't do any lifting of anything more than 5 lbs. and generally takes it easy. She won't be seeing the doc until the end of the month and saw the PA last week for a wound check. She's in pain and is taking Percocet for it which is helping.

She did go back to smoking -- that just about makes me want to cry as I see that smoking is a cause of a failed spinal fusion.

Any comments or suggestions would be most helpful.

Good health to all,
Scott
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I woke up 21/2 weeks ago with severe pain in both legs and after about a day I  had pins and needles in both feet and they began to burn.  Severe ringing  in my head started, along with tingling in both arms going down to into my fingers.  I've had bloodwork, came back ok.  Now the DR. has perscribed Neurontin and I have an appt. with a neurologist.  The ringing gets so bad it unbearable sometimes.  It varies in loudness.  It appears that the Dr's have no idea what this is, It seems as though the ringing in my head sets off all other symptoms.  Where do I go from here?  Any comments, or help would be greatly appreciated.
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You may want to look into a disease called Rayanuds, although extreme cold usually brings on the symptoms. Also if you work around poisons and other such chemicals you may want to get a heavy metal blood test. (although this is very unlikely)

I am not a doctor and this is just my opinion
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I am a 63  year old man, I have a severe ringing in my head that has been diagnosed as tinnitus.  It has been off and on and some days it wouldn't bother me at all, but I had an MRI last week and now it is a higher pitch and constant. Any suggestions????
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Just ignore it if you can. It will be last forever. Probably you have problems with your cervical spine i.e. CB Syndrom (syndrome) (as almost everyone in your age). BTW I have also tinnitus since 2002. Now I'm 50. Slavin
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